Derby Day Celebration Pie - MW

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Hope Wasylenki


Derby Day is the First Saturday of May. I was perusing through some of my cookbooks and I'm not sure about you, but I tuck handwritten recipes I want to keep inside my cookbooks - I know, not the most organized method of storage - perhaps I'll work on fixing that for 2012.

Any way - I'm posting this recipe that I found stuck in a cookbook, that was written down by my Granny. It's actually a recipe that my Mom got from a chef who worked at a restaurant in the Doctors Office Building (corner of Floyd & Liberty in downtown Louisville).

More info below.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 2
  • 1 stick
    butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 c
    broken pecans or chopped walnuts
  • 1 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
    unbaked pie shell (single crust)

How to Make Derby Day Celebration Pie - MW


  1. Fit pie crust into 9-inch pie plate. Preheat oven to 325°F.

    There are some folks who would prick the crust and partially bake it to prevent a soggy crust. I think doing this depends on your weather and if your pie crusts tend to get soggy while baking.
  2. Mix sugar and flour together. Add eggs, butter, nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until blended. Pour into crust-lined pie plate.
  3. Bake 1 hour at 325°F. Test for doneness with a toothpick - it should show no more than dry crumbs.
  4. Variation: add 2 Tbsp Bourbon to pie filling while mixing and continue as directed.

    This one doubles easily, too, but I tend to mix the fillings separately to make sure the ingredients stay evenly divided on each pie.
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  6. More Info on the recipe: I can't call this pie the name that was given to it by that Chef, because, Kern's Kitchen has trademarked the name, "Derby Pie" - see info below; however, that same Chef allegedly told Mom that this is THE "Derby Pie" recipe. Maybe he worked for them back in the day - I don't know, I was young at the time. I just know it is one "de-lish" pie. SO - I've called it Derby Day Celebration Pie to keep in the theme of things. Enjoy!

    Kern's Kitchen makes their pies with walnuts, but my preference is for pecans. The best way to serve a slice of this pie is warm and topped with real whipped cream - just like Momma Kern would have.

    DERBY-PIE® IS A FEDERALLY REGISTERED TRADEMARK of KERN'S KITCHEN and has been baked exclusively by KERN'S KITCHEN since the early 1950s.

    To learn more, visit The Derby Pie® Story (

    Originally posted at Granny's Delights blog.

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About Derby Day Celebration Pie - MW

Course/Dish: Pies Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtags: #Nut #easy #Party

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